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Craig confirms he's back as 007... one last time

Daniel Craig, the British actor who famously complained he'd rather slash his wrists than play James Bond a fifth time, has finally confirmed he's returning ...

Venezuela's Maduro makes surprise visit to Cuba

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid tribute to the late leftist icon Fidel Castro during a surprise visit to Cuba, state media reported Wednesday. The daily ...

Trump isolated after Charlottesville remarks

Donald Trump found himself in the eye of a political storm Wednesday after his stunning remarks on the unrest in Charlottesville, which sparked unease within ...

French baker jailed in China over out-of-date flour: family

A French baker has been arrested and jailed in China after being accused of using out-of-date flour by health inspectors and police, his family said ...

Merkel reaches out to young voters on YouTube

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning Wednesday for the youth vote on YouTube ahead of September 24 elections, said her favourite emoticon was the "smiley" and ...

Kenya's defeated Odinga to take poll dispute to top court

Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Wednesday he would take his claims that Kenya's presidential election was rigged to the Supreme Court, after previously refusing to ...

Trump praises N. Korean leader's 'wise' decision to halt Guam missile test

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korea's leader for backing off on plans to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam. ...

Giant tortoise that fled Japan zoo found 140 metres away

A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped -- just 140 ...

Sri Lanka police chief slammed over meditation rage video

A video showing Sri Lanka's top police officer angrily assaulting an employee who refused to participate in compulsory morning meditation sessions has ignited a firestorm ...

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and ...

Brazilian army, police swoop on Rio suburb

Police backed by heavily armed troops swooped on one of Rio de Janeiro's main suburbs Wednesday in the latest large-scale crackdown against crime in the ...

'Rot is deep' at Indian hospital where 85 children died

Inside the decrepit children's ward at an Indian hospital where 85 infants died last week, Ram Prasad prayed his two-year-old daughter would escape the same ...

Zambia opposition leader freed, treason charge dropped

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema walked free from prison Wednesday after treason charges against him were dropped, averting a trial that threatened turmoil in the ...

Zambia opposition chief freed, treason charge dropped: party

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was released from prison on Wednesday and treason charges against him were dropped, his party said shortly before his trial ...

Aussie opposition scoffs at 'Kiwis under the bed' plot

Australia's opposition Labor Party on Wednesday rejected extraordinary claims from the country's top diplomat that it conspired with New Zealand leftists to try to topple ...

Kenya's Odinga to take poll dispute to top court

Kenya's embattled opposition leader Raila Odinga vowed Wednesday to take his election rigging claims to court, while urging his supporters to protest peacefully against the ...

William, Harry lead tributes to mother Diana, 20 years on

Two decades on from the death of princess Diana, her sons Princes William and Harry are working to keep her legacy alive with unusually emotional ...

'Missing link' bolsters bold theory on dino evolution

An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilised remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago, is a missing ...

Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82

Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and ...

David Attenborough has fossilised damselfly named after him

David Attenborough finally earned his wings Wednesday after scientists named a 100-million-year-old damselfly after the veteran British broadcaster and naturalist. The delicate creature, dubbed Mesosticta ...

Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'

US President Donald Trump sparked another political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville ...

Polanski faces fresh accusation of sex attack on minor

A third woman came forward Tuesday to accuse Roman Polanski of sexual assault when she was a minor, four decades after he went on the ...

Climate change will cut crop yields: study

Climate change will have a negative effect on key crops such as wheat, rice, and maize, according to a major scientific report out Tuesday that ...

Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos declared the country's 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas "truly over" Tuesday, as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away ...

Visitors flock to Belgium's giant omelette festival despite scandal

About a thousand people flocked to the small Belgian town of Malmedy on Tuesday to eat a giant omelette made of 6,500 eggs, despite the ...

Falling tree kills 13 at Portugal religious festival

Thirteen people were crushed to death and 49 injured Tuesday when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese ...

Chess: Kasparov suffers first loss in comeback event

Chess legend Garry Kasparov on Tuesday suffered the first loss of his brief but highly anticipated comeback to the game, succumbing to fellow Russian Ian ...

Outrage as Swiss hotel orders 'Jewish guests' to shower before swimming

A Swiss hotel that posted signs telling Jewish clients to shower before using the pool and restricting their access to the facility's freezer has unleashed ...

Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods

Sierra Leone's president issued a desperate appeal for help, a day after flooding ravaged the country's capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds ...

Guam radio stations accidentally trigger emergency alert

Guam residents received a nasty jolt Tuesday after two radio stations accidentally issued emergency warnings to indicate an imminent threat or attack, at a time ...

New generation of white nationalist groups flourish under Trump

The violent protests that left a woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked many Americans with TV footage of an estimated 1,000 neo-Nazis and white supremacists, ...

Iran says can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions

President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers within hours if the United States keeps on imposing ...

Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers within hours if the United States keeps on ...

NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch

NASA is seeking suggestions from the public for a message to beam far, far out into space to the probe Voyager 1 in time for ...

Sheepish Aussie deputy PM drops Kiwi citizenship

Australia's "accidental Kiwi" deputy prime minister renounced his New Zealand citizenship Tuesday amid sheep jokes, Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories about a left-wing plot to ...

China, Russia push talks as N. Korea steps back from missile launches

China and Russia pushed Tuesday for talks to defuse the "confrontational spiral" between the US and North Korea after Kim Jong-Un stepped back from a ...

Murdoch urged Trump to fire Bannon: NYT

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch recently urged President Donald Trump to sack his far-right chief strategist Steve Bannon, The New York Times reported late Monday. Murdoch ...

Kenya's Odinga delays 'complex' decision on vote dispute

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga is expected to announce his strategy Wednesday for contesting his election loss, having further delayed a decision that could defuse ...

Maduro orders Venezuela military drill after Trump threat

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Monday ordered his armed forces to carry out a national exercise next week in response to US President Donald Trump's ...

Taylor Swift wins groping lawsuit

Pop superstar Taylor Swift was celebrating Monday after winning a sexual assault lawsuit against a former radio DJ she accused of groping her. A jury ...

Nine dead as UN bases come under twin attack in Mali

Gunmen attacked two United Nations bases in Mali on Monday, killing a peacekeeper, a contractor and seven Malians, the UN said, in the latest attacks ...

North Korea leader briefed on Guam missile plan: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been briefed on a plan to fire missiles near Guam but hinted that he would hold off on the ...

Hundreds join silent London march for fire victims

Hundreds of people marched silently on Monday through the west London neighbourhood where a devastating fire in June left at least 80 people dead. Around ...

Car ramming east of Paris kills girl, terrorism ruled out

A car smashed into a pizza restaurant east of Paris late Monday, killing a girl, but investigators said the young driver had tried to commit ...

Trump slams 'evil' racism, singles out KKK, neo-Nazis

US President Donald Trump, under pressure to explicitly condemn a weekend rally by white supremacists that ended in bloodshed, on Monday denounced racism and slammed ...

Chess legend Kasparov rolls back the years in competitive return

Twelve years after trading chess for politics, Garry Kasparov proved Monday that time hadn't dulled his edge as he battled to a draw with a ...

N.Korean missiles based on motor from ex-Soviet plant: report

North Korea's recent rapid progress in developing a long-range missile appears to have come after it refurbished rocket engines procured from a plant in the ...

312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital

At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving excavators ...

French 'falling out of love' with Macron after 100 days

Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old former investment banker who was catapulted to the French presidency in May, faces widespread disillusionment as he prepares to mark his ...

Britain's Big Ben to fall silent for four years

Britain's much-loved Big Ben will fall silent for four years from next week as conservation work is carried out on the famous 19th century bell ...

China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports

China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea starting Tuesday, following through on new UN sanctions after US pressure for Beijing ...

Guam leader backs 'punch in the nose' for Pyongyang

Guam's leader said Monday that "sometimes a bully can only be stopped with a punch in the nose", in a spirited defence of President Donald ...

After desperate bid to save daughter, father seeks 'truth' about Indian hospital

Mohammad Zahid battled exhaustion to keep a manual pump pushing air into his five-year-old daughter but slowly the life went out of Khushi, one of ...

ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction

War crimes judges will Thursday hand down a landmark ruling on reparations for the razing of Timbuktu's fabled shrines, but the victims' fund which is ...

18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

Eighteen people, including at least eight foreigners were shot dead in a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso, according to a provisional toll Monday, in the ...

'Gift from God' Elvis is semi-divine, 40 years after death

Pilgrims come all day every day, filing past in silence, fighting back tears as they place mementos at Elvis Presley's gravesite, pausing to reflect, take ...

Kenya's Odinga mulls next move on disputed election

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga was weighing his next move Monday to contest an election he claims was rigged after defying pressure at home and ...

Army clashes with suspected jihadists at Burkina Faso cafe

Soldiers launched an operation against suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso on Sunday after gunmen attacked a cafe in the capital Ouagadougou, an AFP journalist said. ...

Venezuela opposition rejects 'military threat'

The opposition coalition in Venezuela on Sunday rejected "the military threat by any foreign power," two days after US President Donald Trump said he was ...

White House defends Trump's response to Virginia violence

The White House on Sunday struggled to defuse the growing criticism of President Donald Trump's initial failure to explicitly condemn white supremacists for their role ...

CIA chief says 'nothing imminent' in US-N.Korea standoff

CIA director Mike Pompeo offered assurances Sunday there was "nothing imminent" in the US standoff with nuclear-armed North Korea but said he wouldn't be surprised ...

Trump condemnation of Charlottesville violence includes 'white supremacists': W.House

US President Donald Trump's condemnation of bigotry and hatred at a "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia that turned violent included white supremacists, the Ku ...

Van Gogh goes virtual as 'Sunflowers' unite via livestream

Five versions of Vincent van Gogh's masterpiece painting "Sunflowers" will be united across three continents for the first time on Monday via a consecutive livestream ...

Ivanka Trump denounces white supremacy, neo-Nazis after Charlottesville

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka weighed in Sunday on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia with an appeal for unity, saying there was "no place ...

Defiant Odinga vows not to back down over 'stolen' Kenya vote

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga vowed Sunday not to back down over an election he claims was stolen from him and urged his supporters to ...

At least 94 dead in monsoon disasters in Nepal and India

Monsoon floods and landslides have killed at least 94 people across Nepal and India but officials fear that figure could rise sharply as rescuers search ...

Guam residents pray for peace as North Korea deadline looms

The Catholic faithful in Guam led prayers for peace Sunday in the shadow of North Korean missile threat, with the western Pacific island's archbishop appealing ...

'Chess god' Kasparov returns to compete 12 years later

In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement -- if only briefly -- ...

Elvis: 40 years since the death of 'the King'

Elvis Presley, American icon and King of rock 'n' roll, transformed popular culture, sold over a billion records and is idolized as ever on the ...

Kenya opposition under pressure to quell deadly protests

Kenya's defeated opposition faced mounting calls at home and abroad to calm their supporters Sunday after claims of election rigging sparked violent protests that left ...

Venezuela says Latin America stability at risk from 'reckless' Trump threat

Stability across Latin America is in jeopardy from President Donald Trump's "reckless threat" to consider military action against Venezuela, Caracas said on Saturday, after its ...

Blast kills 15 in SW Pakistan: official

A powerful blast on Saturday night killed at least 15 people and wounded 32 others in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, which borders Iran and ...

Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea, Aguero downs Brighton

Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in ...

One dead at US far-right rally, Trump blames 'many sides'

A white nationalist rally erupted into deadly violence Saturday as a car plowed into a crowd while demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed, as President Donald Trump ...

Chinese documentary 'Mrs. Fang' wins top prize at Locarno

"Mrs. Fang", Chinese director Wang Bing's documentary about a family waiting to say goodbye to their elderly Alzheimer's-stricken mother, scooped the top prize at the ...

Firefighters contain huge wildfires in Corsica and Portugal

Firefighters managed to contain huge wildfires in Portugal and the French island of Corsica on Saturday, though hot weather meant the risk of them spreading ...

France's Macron speaks to Trump, warns over N. Korea escalation

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday warned against an "escalation of tensions" over North Korea amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang. ...

One million dance lovers gather at Japan's 'Awa' festival

Over a million performers and spectators will flock to a western Japanese city this weekend for one of the country's largest dance festivals, after organisers ...

64 deaths at India hospital without oxygen

At least 64 children have died over six days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages, officials said Saturday. Authorities have ...

Two teen campers among 5 dead as storms ravage Poland

Five people including two teenage Girl Guides at a campground died in freak accidents on Saturday when violent storms hit Poland in the grip of ...

Kim Jong Un 'crazy as typhoons' but not as scary, say Guam residents

Guam residents say that if given the choice they would rather face the wrath of "crazy" Kim Jong Un than the power of a typhoon, ...

Trump mulling 'military option' on Venezuela

US President Donald Trump said Friday he was considering military options as a response to the escalating crisis in Venezuela, a move the South American ...

Satellite photos suggest North Korea preparing submarine missile test: report

Recent satellite photos suggest North Korea could be preparing for fresh submarine-based ballistic missile tests, an expert on its military said Friday. Joseph Bermudez, a ...

Federer punches ticket to ATP Montreal Masters semis

Swiss star Roger Federer outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut as he inched closer to his sixth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win in ...

Portugal battling fresh wildfires

Portugal was battling a new rash of forest fires ahead of a weekend of warm temperatures, as authorities warned of further blazes. Some 1,800 firefighters ...

Judge tosses radio DJ's claim that Taylor Swift got him fired

A US judge on Friday dismissed claims that pop superstar Taylor Swift got a radio DJ fired, but court proceedings will continue to consider the ...

Belgium's giant omelette festival aims to defy tainted egg scandal

You cannot make a giant omelette without breaking thousands of eggs, health scare or not, and the small Belgian town of Malmedy is determined its ...

Egypt train collision kills at least 37: ministry

At least 37 people were killed as two trains collided Friday outside the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in one of the deadliest in a string ...

Egypt train collision kills at least 36: health ministry

At least 36 people were killed as two trains collided Friday outside the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in one of the deadliest in a string ...

Matsuyama seizes PGA lead as back-nine drama begins

World number three Hideki Matsuyama, trying to become the first Japanese men's major golf champion, seized the lead in Sunday's final round of the PGA ...

Police nab fireman for arson as Italy blazes rage

A volunteer fireman has been caught setting fires in northern Italy as the drought-ravaged country struggled Friday to contain wildfire blazes. Italy's fire brigade was ...

China earthquake death toll rises to 24

The death toll from an earthquake that scarred a scenic region of southwest China's Sichuan province rose to 24 on Friday, state media said, as ...

North Korea military option 'locked and loaded', says Trump

US President Donald Trump on Friday said a military option against North Korea was "locked and loaded," his latest salvo in an escalating war of ...

Nigerian forces in 'unauthorised search' of UN camp

Nigerian forces conducted an unauthorised dawn raid on the UN's main base in the country's conflict-torn northeast on Friday, the UN said, further inflaming tensions ...

Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant

India's top hunter on Friday led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead. The government has ...

Treadmills to karaoke -- China goes sharing crazy

Backed by a torrent of venture capital, China has gone sharing mad with everything from treadmills to karaoke booths and napping capsules all up for ...

Guam tourism sees silver lining in North Korean threats

Tourism-dependent Guam is looking to cash in on its new-found fame as a North Korean missile target, tapping an unlikely promotional opportunity to attract visitors ...

As tensions soar, South Korea mulls nuclear arms

As nuclear-armed North Korea's missile stand-off with the US escalates, calls are mounting in the South for Seoul to build nuclear weapons of its own ...

Anger over calls to limit air-con for Hong Kong maids

Calls to restrict air conditioning for Hong Kong's domestic maids amid sweltering summer temperatures were dubbed inhumane by rights groups Friday, after a politician suggested ...

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European ...

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